Although Slavic countries don’t have as many billionaires as China, USA or India, people who were able to achieve the impressive fortunes faced circumstances that didn’t exist in many other parts of the world. Apart from money they earned, many of them have a unique vision which drives their lives.
What millionaires think about? What thrills them and inspires to follow their work? Apart from being strong business players, some of them were able to connect their passions with professional ambitions. It if was impossible, they spent a lot of money on making this world a better place.
Don’t forget about the culture – Jan Kulczyk
One of the most famous of Polish people in business, who died in 2015. During his life, he supported cultural institutions, but also individual artists. According to him, life without art wouldn’t be the same. When he became a wealthy, he always remembered to support the people who make this world more beautiful. Without his support, many remarkable theater plays, music albums, and art exhibition wouldn’t be possible. After his death, several actors, musicians, and other artists faced financial troubles. Currently, his companies are led by his children Sebastian and Dominika, and they do not always follow the passion of their father.
Always look for possibilities – Anna Podniesińska
She brought to Poland shoes by Bata, clothes by Oscar Jacobson and service of DHL. Her visionary instinct of searching for new investment opportunities brought her a huge fortune but also allowed to change many lives. She is an activist supporting women on their way to financial abundance. She owns several companies, but at the same time, the hardest work she makes now is focused on making the life of other women better, richer and happier. Life of Anna Podniesińska is a perfect evidence to the theory that if we have eyes wide open, we can always see a new possibility.
Never lose your passion – Michał Sołowow
Many people recognize his name as a rally driver and the vice-champion of Europe from 2006 and 2008. He created his wealth on intelligent investment strategy. While living his passion, he became a shareholder of fruitful companies like Cersanit (sanitary ceramics and tiles), Synthos (chemical industry), Barlinek (floorboards), Echo Investment (development activity). If you listened to his interview, you would realize immediately that this man has never lost the passion to the sport and he talks about business in the similar way as it goes in case of sport. His wild spirit allowed him to follow his passion, and it seems that he strongly recommends it in business.
Beauty is healthy – Dorota Soszyńska
Soszyńska created with her husband two of the giant cosmetic companies Oceanic and Euro Fragrance. The innovations applied in her companies changed the cosmetics market in Poland but also became one of the leaders of promoting the healthy skin lifestyle. During many years of activity, her company made plenty campaigns that influenced the awareness of women related to the health of the skin. Moreover, her work for a foundation called”Dress for Success” is focused on helping women to come back to the labor market.
Small things make the taste of life – Teresa Mokrysz
The business related to coffee and tea is dominated by producents from more exotic countries than the Slavic ones. When Teresa Mokrysz started her career, the life of women in Poland wasn’t comfortable. She created the company known as Mokate, a producer of coffee, tea, and other products. Firstly products of Mokate were available only in Poland, but now they are available in 65 countries around the world. The company grew from the tea business that belonged to her father-in-law, into an enormous international company. One of the missions of Mokate is bringing small joys to the daily life of their customers. Mokrysz knows that they make the day.